Jun 292011
 

“White Collar” The Complete Second Season once again features a fun dynamic with its cast to go along with a season-long story arc intermixed with a few stand alone stories, making it a good combo for both camps. The DVD has a decent amount of special features with the episode commentaries making the highlight reel while the video and audio transfers are adequate all things considered.

 

 


  “White Collar” The Complete Second Season(2010-11)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

 

Genre(s): Crime, Comedy, Drama
Fox | NR – 694 min. – $49.98 | June 7, 2011

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
NA
Writer(s):
Jeff Eastin (created by)
Cast:
Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson, Tiffani Thiesen, Marsha Thomason

DISC INFO:
Features:
Episode Commentaries, Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel
Number of Discs:
4

Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video:
Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles:
English SDH, French, Spanish

THE MOVIE – 4.0/5

As the four major networks continue to flounder in the ratings with their series, with few exceptions (“American Idol” for instance), the cable channels only prosper producing several great shows with compelling storylines and engaging characters.

Entering its second season, “White Collar” has become one of my favorites and on my weekly must-watch list. The series utilizes a familiar formula with the old fish out of water device (criminal working with FBI agent and vice versa) but thanks to a decent season-long storyline and fantastic characters that are both funny and gripping to go along with twists within the stories that make it so much fun week in, week out.

This season we open with master con-man Neal Caffrey (MATT BOMER) dealing with the death of Kate, the love of his life, in a plane explosion brought about by, he believes, Garrett Fowler (NOAH EMMERICH) who was the man after the elusive music box. Getting into spoiler territory, but there’s a couple twists and turns including learning Fowler was only a lowly middle man in the entire scheme and Neil discovers the man behind the curtain was in fact Vincent Adler (ANDREW MCCARTHY), who was one of Neil’s first cons. With the help, often reluctant, of FBI Agent Peter Burke (TIM DEKAY) – who still has a big mistrust of Caffrey –, together they take down different bad people as well as try to discover Adler’s intentions and coming to a conclusion that began with a music box.

Episodes for the second season include Peter and Neal trying to stop a ruthless and cunning bank robber (guest star TIM MATHESON); Neal going undercover working for a corrupt politician running for office; Neal facing off against insurance investigator Sara Ellis (HILARIE BURTON) who is after stolen Japanese bonds who she also has it in for Neal for a missing painting she believes he stole years earlier; Peter is framed and then suspended by the FBI so Neal and the gang work together to clear his name and capture the man key in Kate’s death; Neal races against time to help Peter after he is kidnapped by a coldblooded criminal set for transfer to a state prison; and finally Neal gets closer to the man behind Kate’s death.

While I submit some of the season-long story arc got a tad tedious for my taste, this ensemble cast makes it all so enjoyable episode in, episode out not to mention the banter and mistrust between Peter and Neal. As I said earlier, the standalone stories follow a tried and true formula where the majority of the season is individual cases with the season storyline interweaved here and there but it works for this series.

Episode List (asterisks denote my favorites):
01. Withdrawal
02. Need to Know
03. Copycat Caffrey*
04. By the Book
05. Unfinished Business*
06. In the Red
07. Prisoner’s Dilemma
08. Company Man
09. Point Blank*
10. Burke’s Seven*
11. Forging Bonds
12. What Happens in Burma
13. Countermeasures
14. Payback
15. Power Play*
16. Under the Radar*

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.0/5

The four-disc set comes in a standard DVD keep case.

Disc 1:
Deleted Scenes (8:23)
– We get a few deleted scenes from the second season that were removed no doubt due to time constraints and while they are fine on their own, they don’t offer anything new.

Gag Reel (5:07) contains your usual flubbed lines and on-set shenanigans but still, it’s pretty funny.

Disc 2:
“White Collar” Roasts “Burn Notice” (5:36)
and “Burn Notice” Roasts “White Collar” (6:03) are two featurette in which the writers, and creators, for each show poke a little fun at one another. It’s not as good as the titles suggest but still there are couple gems in there.

Disc 3:
Slick Willie (5:14)
is a featurette where the cast and crew talk about the character Mozzie and Willie Garson who plays said character.

Episode Commentaries on “Point Blank” and “Forging Bonds” – Both of the tracks feature creator/writer Jeff Eastin and Stars Matt Bomer & Tim DeKay and for “Fording Bonds” are also joined by fellow cast members Willie Garson & Tiffani Thiessen.

Disc 4:
So Here’s the Deal: Anatomy of an Episode (12:47)
breaks down how an episode comes together from the script to location scouting to filming.

Episode Commentary on “Under the Radar” – This packed crew once again features Jeff Eastin and Actors Matt Bomer, Tom DeKay, Willie Garson and Tiffani Thiessen.

VIDEO – 3.75/5

“White Collar” comes to DVD (no Blu-ray this time) with a 1.78 aspect ratio and looks perfectly acceptable. There’s a fine array of colors throughout the season. It may not be as finely details as the first season’s Blu-ray release, but this is good transfer overall.

AUDIO – 4.0/5

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is quite good with crisp and clear vocals (though Tim DeKay still has a deep bass to his voice) and the action scenes provide some depth and boom to the track.

OVERALL – 3.75/5

“White Collar” The Complete Second Season once again features a fun dynamic with its cast to go along with a season-long story arc intermixed with a few stand alone stories, making it a good combo for both camps. The DVD has a decent amount of special features with the episode commentaries making the highlight reel while the video and audio transfers are adequate all things considered.

 

Brian Oliver, The Movieman
Published:
06/29/2011

Related Reviews:

Please follow and like us:
error
 06/29/2011  DVD Reviews Tagged with: , ,

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

(required)

(required)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.